Economics Department

The main function of the Economics Department is to formulate a macroeconomic policy framework for the Government. The Department monitors, analyses and forecasts economic developments and publishes economic surveys on a regular basis. It is also responsible for assessing the impact of economic policy measures and ensuring that economic aspects are taken into account in policy decisions. The Department participates in framing EU economic policy and also coordinates matters concerning Finland's credit rating with the State Treasury.

Director General of the Economics Department - Mr Mikko Spolander

The Department is divided into following units:

Macro Forecasting – Mr Harri Kähkönen, Senior Financial Adviser (acting)
Fiscal Forecasting – Ms Jenni Pääkkönen, Senior Financial Adviser
Macro Fiscal Policy Analysis – Mr Seppo Orjasniemi , Senior Specialist
Information Services – Mr Harri Kähkönen, Senior Financial Adviser

Budget Department

The Budget Department prepares the Government's financial and economic policy, draws up the overall spending limits and prepares the budget proposal. It also participates in the preparation of economic policy with respect the central government finances. It is responsible for the overall principles underlying operating and financial plans and central government accounting, draws up the rules of procedure for government payments and prepares e.g. matters relating to government transactions, management of cash reserves and the financial control and auditing of central government finances. In addition, it engages in the preparation of Finland's statements on the European Union budget and administration.

Mr Mika Niemelä is Director General of the Budget Department.

The Department is divided into following units and groups external to the units:

Fiscal Policy Unit – Ms Annika Klimenko, Budget Counsellor, Deputy Director General
Fiscal Policy Analysis Unit – Ms Jonna Berghäll, Budget Counsellor
Structural Policy Unit – Ms Ulla Hämäläinen, Senior Financial Adviser
Financial Management and Legal Affairs Unit – Mr Niko Ijäs, Budget Counsellor
EU Unit - Ms Seija Kivinen, Budget Counsellor
Calculation Group – Ms Johanna Orivuori, Controller
Assistant Group – Mr Lauri Taro, Budget Counsellor

Tax Department

The Tax Department is the Government's expert on tax policy. It is responsible for developing the tax system and assessing the effects of tax policy. It drafts tax legislation and participates in developing the work of the Tax Administration and Customs. It also prepares Finland's tax treaties with other countries and represents Finland in tax and customs preparation in the European Union.

Ms Terhi Järvikare is Director General of the Tax Department.

The Department is divided into following units:

Personal Taxation Unit – Mr Panu Pykönen, Senior Government Adviser
Business Taxation Unit – Mr Jari Salokoski, Senior Government Adviser
Value Added Taxation Unit – Ms Suvi Anttila, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs
Customs Unit – Mr Ismo Mäenpää, Senior Government Adviser
Excise Duty Unit – Ms Merja Sandell, Senior Government Adviser
International Tax Affairs Unit – Mr Antero Toivainen, Senior Government Advisor

Financial Markets Department

The Financial Markets Department of the Ministry of Finance draws up the rules for financial markets and strengthens the framework in which the markets can operate. The goal is stable, efficient and equitable operation of the financial markets that citizens can trust in all circumstances. The Ministry of Finance is also responsible for ensuring that the Ministry's national and international activities in financing issues are effective and valued.

Mr Pauli Kariniemi is Director General of the Financial Markets Department.

The Department is divided into following units:

Unit for Capital Markets – Mr Janne Häyrynen, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs
Unit for Banking and Market Infrastructure – Mr Jaakko Weuro, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs
Unit for Financial Policy – Mr Sakari Lehtiö, Senior Financial Adviser
Unit for Preventing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing – Ms Jaana Vehmaskoski, Senior Financial Adviser

Public Governance Department

The Public Governance Department is responsible for public governance development, human resources management and the preparation and implementation of administrative policy.

The Department develops systems and structures for public governance and promotes the adoption of shared practices in central government. It also promotes the competitiveness of central government as an employer. The Department supports government agencies in the development of management and in personnel development, and drafts legislation concerning public officials and terms of employment in central government. It also prepares matters related to state real estate assets and the management of government procurement.

Mr Juha Sarkio is Director-General of the Public Governance Department.

The Public Governance Department has four units:

Governance Policy Unit – Ms Katju Holkeri, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Financial Affairs
Human Resources Policy Unit – Mr Juha Madetoja, Head of Unit
Corporate Services Policy Unit – Mr Tero Meltti, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Financial Affairs
Administration Policy Unit – Mr Janne Öberg, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Financial Affairs

The Office for the Government as Employer

The Office for the Government as Employer operates in conjunction with the Public Governance Department and is responsible for the central government’s employer policy and supports government agencies in their role as employers. It acts as the employer representative on behalf of central government in centralised collective agreement negotiations and prepares matters concerning protection of the interests of the government as an employer in incomes policy, labour policy and policy decisions regarding working life.

The Office for the Government as Employer is headed by Chief of Negotiations Ms Sari Ojanen.

Department for Local Government and Regional Administration

The Department for Local Government and Regional Administration guides and develops municipalities’ financing systems, matters related to administration, human resources and finances, administrative and service structures and related legislation. The Department coordinates municipalities’ services and financing and ensures that the self-government of municipalities’ residents is taken into consideration in legislation, in Government decision-making and in central government steering of municipalities.

The Department for Local Government and Regional Administration monitors the corresponding guidance, development and coordination functions as well as the preparation related to them, also with regard to autonomous areas larger than the municipality.

The Department for Local Government and Regional Administration is responsible for cooperation between central government and municipalities. The Advisory Committee on Local Government Finances and Administration operates in conjunction with the Department.

The Department for Local Government and Regional Administration is headed by Mr Jani Pitkäniemi, Director-General.

The Department consists of three units:

Administration, Structure and Finance Unit – Ms Minna-Marja Jokinen, Senior Ministerial Adviser
Unit for municipal policy, practices and implementation – Ms Anne-Marie Välikangas, Senior Financial Adviser 
Funding, Assessment and Information Unit – Ms Marja Paavonen, Senior Financial Adviser

Administrative Governance and Development

Administrative Governance and Development is responsible for the Ministry's internal services such as general administration, economic administration, human resources management and development, the information service and information management, media and communications and agency services, the steering of executive agencies under the ministry, and the state ownership steering of companies, affiliated companies and state enterprises.

Ms Anu Nousiainen is Director of Administrative Governance and Development.

The Department is divided into following units:

HR Administration – Ms Selena Savo, HR Manager
Financial Administration – Mr Jan Holmberg, Financial Manager
Information Unit – Mr Vesa Lipponen, Information Director
Media and Communications – Ms Johanna Vesikallio, Director of Communications
General Administration – Mr Karri Safo, Senior Government Adviser 

Public Sector ICT

The Public Sector ICT Department leads the way in digital transformation. The Public Sector ICT Department steers public sector information management, structural development, joint services and service provision. In addition, the department provides guidance on the general criteria for e-services and information security, and prepares information and governance policies and related legislation. It is also responsible for the performance management of the Population Register Centre and the Government ICT Centre Valtori. The Public Sector ICT Department’s goal is to ensure that Finland has well-functioning public services, good governance and a sustainable and stable society in which to live.

The Government CIO of this operational unit is Mr Jarkko Levasma.

The Department is divided into following units:

Information Policy – Ms Maarit Huotari, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs, Director of the Unit
Digitalisation – Ms Maria Nikkilä, Senior Adviser for Information Management, Director of the Unit
Cyber Security and Infrastructure – Mr Tomi Hytönen, Budget Counsellor , Director of the Unit

The Government Financial Controller's Function

The Government Financial Controller's Function serves the highest echelons of Government and the ministries in the role of administrative controller and as an independent supervisory authority in ensuring and developing the quality of the control and reporting system on central government finances and activities and in ensuring financial accountability.

The Government Financial Controller’s Function at the Ministry of Finance ensures and develops the quality of the system used to control and report on central government finances and operations. It steers, coordinates and develops the reporting and assessment of central government finances and financial performance. It also handles the guidance, coordination and development of internal control and the related risk management, and is in charge of arranging government-level activities and reporting related to the control and preventing the misuse of EU funds under the responsibility of the Finnish State.

The Audit Authority Unit operates in connection with the Government Financial Controller's Function and is responsible for auditing the programmes co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund. Besides these national audit authority tasks, the unit audits European territorial co-operation programmes in Finland.

Internal Audit is an independent unit operating within the Government Financial Controller’s Function and under the authority of the Permanent Secretary. Internal Audit serves all the Ministry's departments and functions. It assesses the adequacy and appropriateness of the Ministry's internal control and risk management, and reports to the Ministry’s senior management.

The head of the Government Financial Controller's Function is Ms Jaana Kuusisto, Government Controller-General.
The Audit Authority Unit is headed by Mr Kari Rouvinen, Audit Counsellor.

Secretariat for EU Affairs

The Secretariat for EU Affairs assists the Ministry's leadership and departments in EU and international affairs, in the coordination of preparatory work and in communications outside the Ministry.

The head of the Secretariat is Financial Counsellor Ms Marketta Henriksson.

International Financial Affairs Unit

International Financial Affairs Unit prepares the strategy, general principles and policy proposals related to international financial institutions and euro area stability as well as Nordic cooperation. Where needed, its staff members represent the Republic of Finland in various international financial institutions and organisations. The unit assists the Finance Minister on issues falling under its mandate.

The head of the unit is Financial Counsellor Ms Kristina Sarjo.